Imagine a corrupt Anganwadi(health care centre) in-charge who bribes her way to receiving funds from the government without having entered the centre for 3 years! Residents of Panchlewa village have tried to complain to the Child Development Project Officer (CDOP) about this but no action has been taken. Chanda Devi a resident explains:
“Yes we have complained but it is of no use since she bribes the officers and gets away with it.”
Call to Action: The resident of Panchlewa village need your support to have their Anganwadi building revived and a new in-charge appointed. They cannot do it without you, so call:
ShriAmrendra Kumar SinhaBlock Development Officer, Chainpur, Tel: +917549509430
VV-Correspondent Anil Guria reports from Panchlewavillage, Karso village council, Palamu district, Jharkhand where the Anganwadicentre been closed for 3 years due to negligence of the Anganwadiin-charge.
An Anganwadi is an all-encompassing health care center established in 1975. Its goals are vital and comprehensive: to combat child nutrition and hunger, to provide basic health care, and to offer pre-school education.The main beneficiaries are young children, teenage girls, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Thus it is a vital resource for otherwise cut off rural residents.
The methods of the in-charge are tactful and vindictive. Chanda Devi a resident explains, “She (in-charge) deliberately brings the children to soil it (defecate in the centre) so that the assistant (helper) cannot to run the centre.”
Adolescent girls, preganant women and nursing mothers are not receiving the essential food and supplements they are entitled to from the government.
We can make a difference. Through similar case, Community Correspondent Sunita, our Community Correspondent in Rajasthan managed to end the corrupt practices of an Anganwadi worker with her video. This goes to show just how powerful a community’s voice teamed with a camera is.
This is why your contribution is essential. Help the pregnant and expecting mothers and children of Panchlewa village receive a fully functioning Anganwadi. ACT NOW!
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Written by Manjinder Singh Sidhu
Avijit Adhikary is a journalist with nearly 8000 days of field experience till date. In the past two decades, he has witnessed the ebb and flow of the media industry in India, with ripples felt in his region too. This includes the rise of digital media, the decline of print...